The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre
The second half the book had "issues" I wish were expl ...more
I have to wonder if Ann Rinaldi did ANY research. I don't know that much about the Adams, having only read 6 or so books completely about them, but I found GAPING holes and horrible mistakes. Okay, not horrible, but still.
And the name dropping in this book? Wow. Way to drop Henry Knox, MERCY OTIS WARREN!, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Hutchinson... all of whom the Adams had contact, but I did wonder what hap ...more
I am currently homeschooling my girls and trying to figure out how to inspire them to desire to learn on their own. I appreciated the heroine in this book who had a great desire to 'make something of herself' and determined in her mind that learning and books were the tools to help her do that. She also found a mentor or two to help her along her way.
I plan to read this out loud to my girls next year when we are studying American History.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rachel Marsh is an indentured servant to John and Abigail Adams in Boston, Massachusetts. Her job in the Adams' house is to care for their children. On her off days she yearns to better herself and starts going to the local bookstore to read books and learn. As the British soldiers arrive in Boston tensions start to become more apparent and people choose sides. Rachel is torn as she befriends a British soldier, Matthew Kilroy. Her Loyalties and own beli ...more
It started off kinda boring, but as the first couple of chapters went on, it became a great book with a well-written plot.
I noticed that not all of the historical information in here was correct. But most of the time, it was. (Rinaldi wrote "Townsend Acts" instead of "Townshend Acts") The parts about the Boston Massacre were very accu ...more
Now that I'm older I understand more of what the book is about; that it's not just about a servant girl who had a friendship with a British solder. And that Rachel asked questions that we all should ask, that myself at 20 am still asking myself.
This is a beautifully written piece of historical fiction that can be en ...more
One of the strengths of this book is the melding of historical facts with fictional ideas. Ann Rinaldi is known for her works of historical fiction, and this is one of them. Rinaldi does extensive research for her novels and then interprets the events to make her own story. ...more
The book describes what was going on before the massacre, how the townspeople were divided, how the British soldiers acted, and how John Adams was involved. Rachel falls for a British soldier who is guarding their house. She is also friends, though, with people who bac ...more
Since I enjoy history as well as a cast of ever-evolving characters, The Fifth of March was an engrossing read for me. Right from the start, the story swept me away and deposited me into colonial Boston where economic and political uncertainty was paramount during the 1770’s. I think that Ms. Rinaldi did an excellent job of providing a character, Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant to John and Abigail Adams, with whom the reader, especially young women, could relate. I became deeply absorbed and...more
I always enjoy how Rinaldi is able ...more
On March 5, 1770, one of the most unspeakable acts to ever occur on American soil at that time took place, inciting fires that would later contribute to the American Revolution. That day, the tensions that had been growing between the colonists and the British soldiers exploded, leaving behind many wounded and five dead. Imagine being a young indentured servant in the crowd of onlookers, rooted to your place by the horror of what was unfolding before you. Rachel Marsh, Rinaldi's heroine, recount ...more
One aspect that I loved about ...more
In the historical fiction novel The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi, the protagonist is a fourteen-year-old indentured servant girl named Rachel Marsh who works for John and Abigail Adams in Boston, Massachusetts during the early 1770’s. Rachel falls in love with Matthew Kilroy, a British private in the 29th regiment, and witnesses the Boston Massacre and see’s eight British soldier’s firing at the colonist for self defense. One of these soldiers was Matthew and he shot Sam Gray in the head, the e...more
I didn't hate it, it just reads like it was written for young adults in the 1990s (which is was). Books for young adults have come a long way since then, and the voice just felt off. Also, Rinaldi did a good job of fitting facts into the story line, but occasionally it felt forced.
Share This Book
She stared at me. "That's all?"
To me it was not all, it was everything.”
"I hope so," I said.”